A second-round draft pick from high school, George Brett made his
Major League debut with the Kansas City Royals in 1973. A third
baseman for most of his 21 seasons with the Royals, Brett became one
of the best hitters in the history of baseball. His most memorable
season was 1980 when he chased one of the sport’s greatest
milestones. Not since Ted Williams in 1941, had a player hit over
.400 for an entire season in the big leagues. Brett stayed above that
magical mark for most of the year, but finished the season at .390.
His performance earned Brett the American League Most Valuable Player
of the Year Award, and the Royals made it to the World Series for the
first time in franchise history.
George Brett was the first player in Major League history to win a
batting title in three decades. He led the Royals to their first World
Series championship in 1985 and was a 13-time All-Star. Brett retired
in 1993 as one of only four players with 3,000 hits, 300 home runs,
and a .300 career batting average. He hit his 3,000th hit on September 30, 1992. In 1999, Brett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with over 98% of the vote.
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Subject: Sports; Baseball; Kansas City Royals
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Region: Kansas City Metro
Photographer: Michael Price
Photography Date: 2014